Thursday marked the first time that offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had the chance to speak with the media since the Bucs 37-26 loss to the Panthers in London. While the game was almost two weeks ago, the memory of Jameis Winston’s six-turnover performance is still fresh in the minds of many.

Winston has had bad performances like the London game before, such as a four-interception game against the Cincinnati Bengals last season that got him benched. But this was the first time it was happening under Leftwich as his coordinator. It’s something that he hadn’t seen before.

“I don’t know if you ever foresee that,” Leftwich said. “I don’t know if that’s something that you can really foresee, it happened regardless of the issues and the reasons why. We’ll learn from it, we’ll get better from it, we got to move on and try to find a way to win this game.”

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and OC Byron Leftwich
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and OC Byron Leftwich – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

For as bad as a game that Winston and the Bucs had, Winston does have the tendency to bounce back with a good performance the week after. Leftwich can only make his observations from what he’s seen from his quarterback this season, but he alluded to the fact that the turnover bug that has plagued Winston in the past are mistakes that can and will be corrected.

“I don’t know because the only body of work that he can judge is from this year.” Leftwich said on Winston’s ability to bounce back after a poor game. “We just got to continue getting better as a whole. We’ll work on the things, some of those turnovers are extremely fixable, so we’ll fix them, and we’ll get better, he’ll play better.”

With a bye week coming right off the heels of the London trip, it could let the loss linger just a bit more. Leftwich assured that as soon as the film for the Tennessee Titans was on, any thoughts of the game prior were out the door. That’s how Leftwich believes Winston, or any quarterback for that matter, should start the week, no matter if it’s a win, loss, or tie.

“You just go to the next opponent,” Leftwich said. “All you got to do is cut the tape on for the next team, and trust me, as good as this team is playing right now especially on the defensive side of the football, you forget about the team you just played. That’s going to be every week for him, for us in general, we got to have the idea that no matter what we’re going to prepare our butts off for the week. Once that game happens, we’ll move onto the next opponent. That’s all you can really do in this league.”

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Leftwich could help Jameis out by calling plays better. How about we get an identity on offense. Stop asking a QB to throw the ball down the field 50 times a game with a horrible oline. Help out Jameis and the oline by running the ball. Call quick passes and maybe a screen pass every once in a while. Maybe try to use O.J. as a mismatch on a LB. Just some ideas.

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    • That’s really what’s missing here. A consistently good running game relieves a lot of tension. The defense gets more rest By staying off the field and the offense has a greater potential for turnover-free drives. While RoJo has improved this year, the run game just isn’t a threat yet. Opposing defenses are not consistently respecting our run game. We desperately need RoJo to break one to the house! We desperately need our run game to be a greater threat for big gains.

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      • RoJo has taken a couple long hauls this season. Unfortunately, stupid penalties have negated those gains. One game, in particular, Jones had two go long. He had, I believe, a 75 yarder and a 58 yard trot called back for offensive holding

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  2. Extremely fixable? Ok Leftwich batter up there sir. I’ll be looking for that FIX come Sunday. If not, After this season? We might have to include you in the annual Buc bay dumping also!

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  3. Run the football, control the clock, and average at least 3.4 yards per play!
    THAT WILL FIX THE ISSUES.

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  4. Oh boy….denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. “Fixable”??? I think we’re long past that – how about ‘workable’, or ‘manageable’…

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    • I don’t want to sound mean or ugly but I don’t think Leftwich knows how to fix the problem. Winston had his issues way before Leftwich showed up, but because Leftwich keeps dialing up these long developing routes & refusing to run the ball, this will always and continue to be a recipe for disaster. There is no way that he has ever watched any film on Winston ever, because he is fundamentally running the same scheme that Koetter ran and even worse because he’s asking the QB to stand in this collapsing pocket and make a play. Crazy!
      I don’t know how much hope I have in this but just maybe Just maybe during this bi-week BA & Leftwich got together and decided we are better off just handing the ball off 50x instead of letting Winston throw the game away every week.
      For the record I like Winston and believe he is a very good QB but just like poison in the hands of a child if you aren’t carful he will hurt you. BA was hired to manage the talent that was here and that’s what I expect.

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  5. We don’t even know if Lefty’s play calling issues are fixable! Talk about the blind leading the blind, it’s not like Lefty was a starting caliber QB in his day.

    This is a bleeping joke. I am so sick of the incompetents layered up and down this organization, from what has to be the scouting level all the way to ownership. Heck I’d be eying the water boy warily at this point!

    If we keep Winston instead of drafting his replacement in a QB heavy draft I’m tapping out until he and Licht are gone. Has taken decades to get here but I cannot take it any more.

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    • Right on, I was fortunate to witness the Super Bowl season and the 5 season transition before that. ( been a fan since 98). We are living in dark depression era type, black plague like times being a buc fan. My hope of logic is Brees is almost out, Cam is declining, and Ryan isnt the same..eventually our divison HAS to reset. Lol.

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  6. Leftwich hasn’t endured the pain we all have. “Fixable”? How about “preventable”? This should have never gotten out of hand, 5INTs?! They say time heals all wounds,but you can still be horrifically scarred.
    Let the RBs take a pounding, they’re built for that,keep defenses honest. Open things up for OJ. And for the love of all things beautiful, Stop stop stop making these receivers run 30 yard routes, Winston doesn’t have 8 seconds to throw like Bridgewater had this past week.

    (Deep sigh) Go Bucs.

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  7. Michael Bennett moves for a 7th…. paging Jason Licht!

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    • Your pleas fall on deaf ears at Buc One place. We’ve now missed about 6 opportunities to truly help this Defense during this season. Which..As I’ve always stated, leads me to even solidify my belief.. these owners are not serious about winning. its either a muse or a hobby for them. Now sit back and watch Bennett come right on in and help Bellicheat greatly.

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  8. lol another article talking about the same old stuff..this is just getting worse.

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  9. Ok Byron…so…basically you are saying that YOU aren’t doing your job. If it is “fixable” why isn’t it “fixed”. You have had an entire offseason and six games this year. Why is it still happening? You had plenty of tape from previous seasons. Why is it still happening? If it’s “extremely fixable”…WHY IS IT STILL HAPPENING!!?!? Stop TALKING about it and FIX it…if it’s so “fixable”. Do your damn job Byron!!!

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  10. GET A PRO O-LINE…PERIOD

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  11. I agree, the INT problem is definitely fixable and it all starts with playcalling. I can’t begin to express how frustrating it is watching our WRs run 30 yard routes while Jameis sits in a collapsing pocket. Then, just to mess with our minds, Leftwich will call a play action or screen pass that breaks for a good gain before immediately abandoning that gameplan and returning to non-stop deep routes with no protection. It’s definitely a Bucs life smdh.

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  12. Agree 727 o line is and has been the biggest issue not Winston. When he has time and they run ball he does fine. When he runs for life and plays from behind he tries to do too much. Simple really. Also agree with others here the routes Leftwhich is calling and especially in London are stupid considering there is not time for long drops.

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  13. Carolina shut down our run game in London. The run game MUST get better!

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  14. OMG, He sounds like Winston.

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  15. It is easy fix “Bench Winston” Fire Leftwhich problem solved!

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  16. Why is there still need fix We have the Quarterback Whisper The great Bruce Arians LOL

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  17. As a long-time Bucs fan, we’ve heard it all before. These speeches don’t really do crap for us anymore. You either fix it or shut up. I don’t even listen to these press conferences at this point since they literary says the same thing every time.

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  18. Jameis Winston IS fixable. The problem is his issues cannot be coached out of him. He has to fix himself, and I don’t think he thinks he’s broken. That’s why the blank looks after every INT. He simply cannot understand how the perfectly thrown pass that just left his hand was 5 yards off the mark and caught by the other team. Did he just throw the ball into a wormhole and it magically appeared in the wrong place? There must be some kind of sorcery going on here!!!

    I bust on Winston a lot for all the mistakes he’s made, but the kid has a ton of talent. As a Bucs fan I feel I’ve earned the right to expect more than what he’s given us over the past 4+ years, and deep down I know he can deliver. But if he doesn’t deliver, he needs to go. Point blank.

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  19. Y’know, I just thought of something and it’s starting to bother me a little. Winston struggles in practice with INTs and such, and some of us (myself included) say not to worry about it. It’s practice, and practice is just that. Practice. So what if he throws an INT. And then it hit me.

    He’s throwing INTs to the worst secondary in the NFL!! If he can’t survive in practice against them, how in the world can we expect him to thrive in a real game?!?!? I don’t know. I just don’t know. I need a white towel or something.

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  20. Did Leftwich know since 2011 every Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, QB coach, has said the same thing?
    My guess Winston will have a great day Sunday, then let’s see if they’re fixable after that.

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